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    Default Healthy but slightly chubby 4 year old...

    My beautiful DS1 will be 4 in a few days and is a healthy happy kid. He's always been stocky but recently has also gotten a little chubby around his middle. He's 110cms and around 22-23kg.

    He went to the Dr recently for something unrelated and the Dr informed me that his BMI made him obese. Am attaching a pic of him - I don't think he's obese by any means and am not overly concerned but as I can notice he's a little chubby around his tummy I'd like to encourage him to be a little more active. He already eats very well.

    Any suggestions for forms of exercise I can try? Or ways to encourage him to be more active generally in a healthy enjoyable way? I've tried him in kiddy kicks soccer but he didn't enjoy it... Or swimming lessons. He's not interested in riding a bike so far and when walking complains he's tired after a little while.

    I take him to the park every day to climb and play and i take him 'exploring' in nature as much as possible. Am thinking of just trying to explore further and encouraging him and his dad to kick a ball around more often, but any other suggestions?

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    If he's getting tired quickly, he may just need to build up his cardiovascular fitness gradually. I would take him walking and slowly increase the distance, then as he gets fitter, introduce new activities and more intensity.

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    he looks just perfect to me, all in proportion and i cant see any weight around his middle.

    if you are wanting to encourage being active do you have a backyard? trampoline and swingset etc? my DD's play outside every afternoon when DH gets home for about 1.5hrs and are exhausted but happy when they come in.

    how about inviting a friend for a bike ride. i find if we involve a friend DD1 is 90 times more likely to do it for more than 10minutes

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    your child is far from being 'obese', he is also quite a bit taller than your 'average' child so i'm sure that would play a part of it.

    I would continue to do what you are doing, encourage fun play but don't force it.

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    He looks perfectly fine to me. He's a similar build to my 4 year old who is 115cm and 20-21kg. His weight has never ever been mentioned. I think all you need to do is just keep encouraging him in regards to physical activity

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    There was a thread recently (a couple of weeks ago) on this forum about an apparently healthy active child being labelled obese due to BMI by a child health nurse. People were of the consensus that BMI shouldn't be applied so blanketedly, especially to children.

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    I would listen to my health proffessional on this one. And if you are in doubt, maybe seek a second or third opinion. I can't see the pic so can't comment. But the harsh truth is obesity in children is increasing, along with type two diabetes and other weight related problems in children. Health proffessionals are not always right, but personally I would take it seriously if my child was carrying extra weight around his belly as this is dangerous. We tend to view our children with rose coloured glasses as they are perfect to us, totally understand that. As for increasing fitness, what about a fun sport such as kinda gym ? there is also sports for 4 year olds where they get to trial all kinds of sports. I think its called multi sports and is run at rec centres etc. Good luck!

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    He looks trim to me he has a baby face but his body looks a good weight. My son was a tubby when he was little about the age of 6 he slimmed right down and started growing tall all my kids grow out then up then out then up I never worried about it and no dr made comments


 

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